When you have a long commute from school or work, and the music on your phone isn’t quite cutting it for you anymore, why don’t you tune into a podcast? Podcasts have become the new and fun way to take in information on any topic that you’re interested in. From entertainment, news, politics, true crime and more, you can learn something new while stuck in traffic on your way back home. If you’re not sure where to get started, we’ve crafted up a list of five podcasts that we can’t stop listening to.
1. Call Her Daddy
This podcast is not for the prudish and faint-hearted. If you’re a twenty-something who lives life a little too wildly, with a plethora of mind-boggling stories that would send your parents to the grave – this podcast is meant for you. Hosted by Alexandra Cooper and Sofia Franklyn, Call Her Daddy delves into the insanity that is their lives, all the while giving relationship and sex advice to its listeners. This iconic duo hold nothing back, sharing every dirty little secret of theirs that will surely get you laughing until your belly aches. Just please, don’t listen this in front of your parents. Especially when you’re learning about the Gluck Gluck 9000.
2. Keep It
If you like discussing hot-button political topics, but also have a passion for pop-culture, than Keep It is the podcast for you. Each week Ira Madison III, Kara Brown, and Louis Virtel, bring on a special (often celebrity) guest onto the show to discuss whatever is buzzing in social media at that moment. It’ll give you the perfect talking points for when you chatting with your coworkers over the water-cooler (if that’s even a thing anymore.) Fun fact: the phrase ‘Keep It’ started as Ira’s Twitter catchphrase whenever he wanted to politely tell someone to f- off.
3. My Favorite Murder
For all of you who have a morbid fascination with anything true crime related, than you do not want to pass up on this podcast. Each and every week, Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, delve into the (often) gruesome tales of their favourite murderers and the horrid crimes they committed. Diehard fans of the podcast – properly known as Murderinos – also contribute in sending their hometown murders, which may or may not have been covered by the media. Though the hosts may not always get the facts right on the murders they cover that week, they’re so hilarious that they’re going to make you question why you’re laughing while listening to a podcast about murder.
4. Switched On Pop
If you’re a music aficionado who wants to brush up on your music trivia, Switched On Pop is the perfect podcast for you. Hosted by Nate Sloan, an assistant professor in Musicology at USC, and Charlie Harding, a songwriter and producer, Switched On Pop delves deep into how pop music takes over our airwaves and the frontlines of our culture. What gives this particular podcast this edge is the hosts’ astute musical knowledge, in that they’ll notice samples in a song that you would hardly recognize. Did you know there’s a Nine In Nails sample in Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road”? We found out through this podcast.
5. Dirty John
If you watched the Netflix special on this show with Eric Bana and Connie Britton, then the content of this podcast won’t come as a surprise. But that being said, it will show you how insanely spot on it was in terms of details and casting. If you’re looking for a short podcast series that builds in suspense and delves into topics like fraud and mass manipulation, then you’re going to want to listen to this podcast as soon as possible. Wondery also produces other fascinating podcasts like Doctor Death and The Shrink Next Door.